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First Holy Communion

For children in grade two and above.

Each of the sacraments is a special encounter with Jesus Christ. Children whose faith enables them to distinguish between ordinary bread and the Body of Christ are ready to receive the Eucharist. At the baptism of your child you took on the responsibility of helping your child to know, love and follow Jesus. For First Communion your role as parents continues in the same way as the main teacher of your child, but as catechists we will be working along with you at two parent meetings and a retreat and providing resources for you to use with your child throughout the preparation period. At St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish, First Holy Communion is celebrated with the child’s family at his or her usual Mass time and is shared by the congregation of God’s people during Mass. You and your child will choose a Sunday, before or after Lent, for your child to celebrate First Holy Communion. After all the children have received this sacrament, we will also have a special family Mass and celebration for all the families involved.

Preparation will consist of two parent meetings and a retreat, all of which require mandatory attendance. Parents will be provided with resources, and are encouraged to be strong role models of the Catholic faith as your child prepares to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.

Please note that St. Mary’s parish is only offering one preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in 2017-2018.

Registration is now open.  Please

for a registration form.
Please fill out the form and scan and email back to, or drop off at, the parish office (along with a copy of your child’s baptism certificate).

Important Dates: 2017-2018

First parent meeting will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017 -- 7:00-8:30 pm.

Second parent meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018 -- 7:00-8:30pm.

Parent and Child Retreat: Saturday, January 27, 2018 -- 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Potluck lunch included.

Attendance at all three meetings is mandatory.

For more information, please contact Allison Charlton at allison@stmaryscalgary.com or 403-228-4170 (ext. 228).